Kirsty Carter

David Byrne & Brian Eno – Strange Overtones  

I love the idea of David Byrne fantasising over his neighbour, through the strange overtones sounds from next door. 

Fever Ray – When I Grow Up  

The sound of Sweden; the idealic nature and being allowed to look after the plants!

Here We Go Magic – Fangela  

Beautiful song... reminds me of special times for one member of APFEL.

PJ Harvey – On Battleship Hill  

PJ Harvey has been in my top ten tracks as long as I can remember... an incredible musician.

Radiohead – Everything In It's Right Place  

I am a fan... they will always be the coolest band.

Washed Out – New Theory  

Reminds me of swimming...

Atlas Sound – Walkabout (feat. Noah Lennox)  

Best gig I went to LAST summer..

Metronomy – The Look  

Best band I have seen THIS summer.

Little Dragon – Feather  

I always dance and sing to this. 

Friendly Fires ft. Au Revoir Simone – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)  

A trip up to the Hepworth Wakefield with Emma and a solid lump of concrete in the boot... we danced all the way home to this song.

Emma Thomas

Joy Division – Transmission  

This takes me to the countryside.

Glenn Gould playing Schoenberg  

Especially like Sonata No. 3, its like watching a film and being played by two of my heroes.

Warpaint – Undertow  

They rock and make me feel like singing.

Amina – Seoul  

This group of ladies weave some beautiful music out of all sorts of objects as instruments.

Kraftwerk – Tour de France played by Senor Coconut  

These Coconut versions of Kraftwerk have been a favourite for the studio for a few years.

Howie B – Mayonnaise  

Keeps me awake and smiling on late ones in the studio.

The Be Good Tanyas – The Littlest Birds  

"...sings the prettiest song"

Grace Jones – Warm Leatherette  

Should be our theme tune at the moment.

Darkstar – Aidys Girl Is A Computer  

Somehow, I really like working to their sound.

Gold Panda – Marriage  

I saw him last summer and it was brilliant.

Bonus track: A Guy Called Gerald – Voodooray  

Its always good to have a bit of a dance too, and this one's been in my playlists for a very long time

Louise Ramsay

Joni Mitchell – Coyote  

Breathtaking even by Joni Mitchell standards, this song was introduced to me by my closest friend at 2am; we replayed and sang along 8 times. Badly.

Kate Bush – The Saxophone Song  

And the rest... 

Roxy Music – If There Is Something  

If only to re-enact that scene from 'Flashbacks of a Fool'. "Think Roxy Girl, I'm going to be Bryan..."

Jesus Christ Superstar – Could We Start Again Please?  

Somehow watching someone crucified to rock opera captured my imagination as a child. A far cry from Yvonne Elliman singing 'If I Can't Have You...' - ah, the 70s...

B52s – 53 Miles West Of Venus  

If aliens made music, surely...

Pixies – Bone Machine  

Those are lyrics, and this is most definitely a song.

Throwing Muses – University  

Soundtrack music that I wish accompanied me everywhere - and lasted a little longer.

Joan Armatrading – Willow  

Thanks to my dad (it was either this or Abba).

Richard Thompson – Beeswing  

Totally melancholy, absolutely gorgeous.

Ella Fitzgerald – Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)  

Sometimes Friday in the studio has to be a little toe-tapping and jazzy.

Stephen Osman

Orchestral Manouvres In Dark – Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans)  

Whilst not one of the most obvious OMD tracks its soaring notes are a good way to start the day.

Four Tet – Angel Echoes  

Kieran Hebden's quite a regular in my listening, hard to pick just one track but seeing him do this live earlier in the year was a high point.

Neu – Isi  

Can't beat a bit of Krautrock, that whole era of Can, Tangerine Dream and later Kraftwerk still feels a little bit too futuristic.

David Bowie – Heroes  

Influenced by the last bunch, need I say anything more - Robert Fripp's guitar part is immaculate.

Lindstrøm – Where You Go I Go Too - Part 1 & 2  

A lovely Jean Michel Jarre feel to it and works a treat when your blitzing through things in the studio.

Koudlam – See You All  

I became a bit obsessed with this track after the collaboration between Koudlam and Cyprien Galliard at Tate Modern Live, perfect mix of visuals and sound.

Gil Scott Heron – NY is Killing Me (Jamie XX remix)  

Jason turned me on to this, and I seem to be playing it on repeat at the moment, very squelchy, very bouncy.

Radiohead - Everything in Its Right Place (BBC Radio One Evening Session Version)  

The live at the BBC version it much better than the original, the feedback parts really make it.

Portishead – Roads  

Beth Gibbons vocals are hard to beat when put with Adrian and Geoff's instrumentals.

Joy Division – Atmosphere  

Jason Wolfe

Gang Gang Dance – House Jam  

Those looping backing vocals and that synth line. Energetic and experimental (although more pop than most of their work).

Atom & His Package – Possesion (Not the One by Danzig)  

It's amazing how much noise Adam Goren can make mostly on his own. Although perhaps not pushing many boundaries, Atom & His Package albums are energetic to play when you're working late.

J Dilla – Workingonit  

Mostly made up of samples and beats, Donuts flows through brilliantly. 

The Knife – Like A Pen  


Radiohead – Idioteque  

It's difficult to pick a Radiohead song out in particular. I often find myself listening through several albums in a row rather than individual tracks.

Meanwhile, Back in Communist Russia – Blindspot / Invisible Bend  

Emily Gray has an amazing voice, MBiCR have the perfect mix of post-rock distortion and spoken-word monologues.

Joy Division – Novelty  

As with Radiohead, it's hard to pick out one Joy Division track. I was going to run with No Love Lost, but Novelty is a great (possibly) lesser known track as the b-side to the Transmission single.

Gorilla Biscuits – Start Today  

Whatever Walter Schreifel touches turns to gold (Quicksand / Rival Schools etc). Start Today is a New York Hardcore anthem about not procrastinating.

Alexisonfire – Waterwings (And Other Pool Side Fashion Faux Pas)  


At the Drive-In – One Armed Scissor  

Relationship of Command is probably my favorite album of all time.

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